Comments by tourists about the Islamic Arts Museum
“Amazing art collection”
The museum has an outstanding art collection of Islamic. A place not to be missed and just a few minutes away from the national mosque.
However, it’d be much better if they provide more information, or brief introduction of the paintings or the story related to the painting, for example.
“Gorgeous Museum with Superior Quiet Cafe”
The Islamic Arts Museum has a comprehensive collection of Islamic art, furniture, tiles, ancient books and jewelry.
Additionally, the museum building is a beautiful venue. After touring the museum, we had a Middle Eastern lunch at the cafe. It was pleasant with good food and an attentive staff.
“Awesome Islamic museum!”
The items in display at the museum are simply magnificent! There a nice collection of Islamic art, books, jewelry, textile, porcelain, weapons and many more….
They even have scaled models of the most significant mosques around the world and the history of Islam and Jerusalem.
The only way to make it better is to have an audio guide and a short film.
“Interesting pieces in a beautiful setting”
It’s really a beautiful museum with a lot of interesting pieces. They are scattered over several floors and it will take you some time to work through them all. But since Malaysia is a Muslim country it’s worth taking your time for it. They also have temporary exhibitions on the two lower levels.
Visited January 2014
“A Must Visit in Malaysia”
If you are someone who appreciate art and culture, and blessed with an esthetic mind. This a MUST for you to visit Islamic Art Museum.
It is really a decent and beautiful place to visit, you can see the exhibition and learn and appreciate culture and art. Your Malaysia tour is not finished until you visit this place.
Visited March 2014
“Must-go-to place in Kuala Lumpur”
Totally beyond my expection and imagination.
I read a lot of traveler reviews before going to KL but very few of them mentioned this museum. Fortunately my wife is a fan of museum and archeology. She put this place into our sightview list, making it a highlight of our trip.
I don’t want to repeat how splendid the architecture and artwork is, as in all the reviews you can find here. Either of them worth a visit, let alone they are synergized in such a harmonious way. Modern and historical, many museums pursue this feeling, Islamic Arts Museum
illustrated it with a unique style.
Instead I will tell something else impressing as well.
1. At the beginning of the tour, they exhibit the Malaysian history of pilgrimage and how to conduct a pilgrimage, in detail. You can take this as education, maybe a little bit boring but for me it’s kind of touch to real Muslim culture, the soul behind the work of art.
2. The museum has a big souvenir shop with lots of interesting things. You can find all kinds of Muslim style gifts with reasonable price.
3. Though I’m not a museum lover, still I consumed 3-4 hours. If you need a break, the museum cafe is at your service. It’s simple and nice, we had relaxing time there.
Visited November 2013
About the Islamic Arts Museum
The Islamic Arts Museum (Malay: Muzium Kesenian Islam) is one of the largest and most popular museums in Malaysia featuring exhibits from the Muslim world.
Located on the eastern side of the Lake Gardens, the Islamic Arts Museum is the first of its kind in Malaysia.
It’s truly a magnificent monument that incorporates the largest collections of exhibits in South East Asia with over 7000 artifacts. The museum has all sorts of collections which range from Asian arts to exhibits from Persia and the Middle East.
Attractions of the Islamic Arts Museum
Some of the attractive features of the Islamic Arts Museum are the Inverted Dome Pavilion which is an airy exhibition hall with its unique dome executed in white and gold, bearing extracts from the Koran.
In addition, the museum also has a state-of-the-art auditorium which can seat up to 250 people and is used for seminars and lectures.
In addition, if you are a big fan of jewelries, then don’t miss the Jewelry Gallery at the museum where ornaments from across Asia are housed here, including Iranian gold anklets and a 19th century gold and ruby necklace from Mughal India.
Architecture of the building
The uniqueness of the Islamic Arts Museum lies in the architecture of the building. The impressive eye-catching museum features some of the most striking Islamic artwork in the building.
One of which is the building’s turquoise domes and the fine example of Iranian tile-work on column at the entrance. Moreover, the interior of the museum is even more appealing with five elegant domes created by Uzbek craftsmen decorating the ceilings.
What to see in the museum
The Quran and Manuscript Gallery is something that you don’t want to miss as it features handwritten Korans, Sultans’ decrees, miniature paintings, and scholarly works on botany and astronomy.
Others featured exhibits include the Woodwork Gallery located on level 2 which exhibits elaborately crafted wooden artifacts often embellished with ivory and mother-of-pearl.
Moreover, there is also the Architecture Gallery which focuses on collection of scale models f mosques, including the Dome on the Rock, Taj Mahal and the Al-Haram Mosque.
Must-see features in the museum
A couple of must-see features at this museum are the Standard Chartered Ottoman Room and the Turkish Iznik Tiles. The Standard Chartered Ottoman Room once belonged to a lavish house built in Syria in 1820 and has now been restored to its original appearance.
It is spectacularly decorated with painted wood paneling. The Turkish Iznik Tiles are tiles with stylish trees, fruits and foliage in vibrant hues which were first produced in the Turkish city of Iznik in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Location of the museum
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. All in all, the Islamic Arts Museum is one of the must-see tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur.
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Nearby Attractions That You Might Be Interested
- Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) – The KLCC is a must go tourist destination. You visit to Malaysia won’t be complete if you missed the KLCC. You would not be bored. In fact you will be busy visiting some of the most famous attractions in Malaysia because this place is made up of multiple attractions including the Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Aquaria KLCC, and of course the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.
- Chinatown – The Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is the largest in Malaysia. Visit this place to get a feel of the Chinese culture within this unique enclave. One of the most famous would be the Petaling Street Market. You can find many other attractions within the Chinatown enclave such as the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, Sze Ya Temple, a Sikh temple, a Gospel church as well as the famous Islamic mosque, Masjid Jamek.
- Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) – The FRIM is the best place for family with kids. You can take a few hours off the weekend to visit this place for educational purpose. This is probably the last remaining forest reserve in KL.
- Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (Blue Mosque) – Have you seen a blue mosque before? I bet you haven’t. If you would like to see one, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the best place to go. Featuring a large hall that can accommodate a few thousands of devotees, the blue mosque is one of the best tourist attractions to visit.
- Coliseum Cinema, Coliseum Café and Hotel – The Coliseum Theatre is one of the oldest movie theaters in Malaysia. Built in 1921 by the Chua family led by Chua Cheng Bok, the Art Deco-style building is capable of seating 900 people and also features a balcony. The famed Coliseum Café and Hotel are located behind the theatre, just down the road. Most of the movies premiering in the building are Indian movies.
- National Art Gallery – If you are a big fan of art and is looking for some of the best collections in Malaysia, the National Art Gallery is the place to go. You can find many unusual and unique collections at the National Art Gallery that were created not only by local artists but also foreign artists.
- Most significant buildings in Kuala Lumpur – Sultan Abdul Samad Buildings, Kuala Lumpur Railway Stations, Badan Warisan, Coliseum Cinema, Coliseum Café and Hotel, Carcosa Seri Negara, National History Museum, Royal Selangor Club.